If Ninagawa's staging is somewhat less rigorous than Stein's, it is also more whimsical and engaging. The first act is particularly vivacious thanks to a tango sequence, an inspired series of pratfalls, a song about an assassinated octopus, and a gorgeous scene change in which 20-foot trees appear to dance. In the second act, the supernatural rears and the play's three-and-a-half-hour length is occasionally felt. (Though compared to The Demons, this is a mere one act.) But for a play about pacifism, it is violently entertaining. How novel.